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What type of computer to buy to play Sims 3


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#1 cinish

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 12:40 PM

Could someone share their expertise with me on the type of computer I would need to get to play Sim's 3? I have a dell laptop but I'm looking to buy a desktop for my home. Sims 3 will not load onto my laptop.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:24 PM

anything with 2 ghz pentium 4 and a gig of ram, so pretty much any new computer on the market. . .if your going Prebuilt I recomend Hp.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:28 AM

Your looking for 1GB RAM (sometimes called 'memory') and 2Ghz processor i believe;
Most computers have these specs if they're new on the market;
Good brands are 'hp' and 'Acer' for everday PCs, though if you plan on heavy-gaming i suggest getting a custom-built PC.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:39 PM

acer desktops maybe. avoid acer laptops at all costs, they have cooling issues, they use cheap fans and the ball bearings arnt always greased right, and often will actually overheat the computer instead of cool it. Ive seen dozens of acer laptops die with a melted motherboard because of this issue, not a pretty picture.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:47 AM

I've read on some gaming message boards where people running 3 Ghz Prosessors with 4 Ghz of Ram were experiencing lag issues with the Sims 3.

I would say a lot has to do with how many mhz your video processor is capable of.

I imagine one of those PCI-E cards with the 1 Ghz processors might work well, but any thing less than that there appears to be a lot lag issues.

The optical drive read speed plays a major factor as well, so you have to factor that in when buying hardware IMO.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 11:30 PM

The optical drive read speed plays a major factor as well, so you have to factor that in when buying hardware IMO.

Optical drive? Only during installation. The only purpose for the CD to be in the drive when playing is to ensure that you actually own the game. There are many (illegal) no-CD hacks which bypass this check.
Assuming you meant hard drive, read speed would be a major factor for loading times but would have no effect on the actual gameplay.


...unless the Sims 3 is built differently?

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